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The water worlds of the Milky Way hide an amazing geological composition

The water worlds of the Milky Way hide an amazing geological composition

The astronomers of the Argon National Laboratory believe that fantastic finds may be hiding beneath the surface of the water worlds located in our Milky Way galaxy. First of all, they are associated with life forms that water supports in its liquid state. It can be a hypothetical planet, completely covered with water, having an amazing geological composition. And outside the boundaries of our solar system, there may be other worlds that are visible in the most powerful telescope only as a distant luminous point.

Water worlds may be larger than the Earth. They can be completely covered with water without protruding land. The scientists are interested: what kind of life can develop on such planets; and if it can, then what is the habitat there?

A group of researchers from Arizona State University believes that if it is not possible to travel to such exoplanets, then they can be created in the laboratory. Dan Shim, an assistant professor at Arizona State University, believes that water worlds can exist, they can represent a transition phase from silica to water.

Moreover, their geological features may indicate the existing boundaries between the silica and water. They are not as durable as on the Earth, but they provide an opportunity to assess the possible forms of life on such planets.

The astrophysicists who participated in the experiment claim to be fascinated by the hypothetical geological and ecological composition of these distant worlds. Such planets are nothing like anything. They can be 50% watered or even iced, and these layers can exist in high temperatures and under very powerful pressure.

The geology of exoplanets is extremely difficult to determine, because their research is so far carried out only theoretically. One experiment used samples of scientists delivered on two APS beam lines. Samples were pressed into cells with diamond anvils, obtaining, in fact, two gem-quality diamonds with tiny flat tips. By placing a sample between them, you can compress diamonds together, increasing pressure.

It can reach several million atmospheres. This is what astrophysicists have learned due to the APS, one of the few places in the world where advanced research can be carried out. And these technologies make it possible to bring knowledge about exoplanets where life can be on.